The Miami-Dade police will join the Houston police department as the first two operators of a new high-tech aerial surveillance drone system. The tiny vehicle, called the Micro Air Vehicle or MAV is built by Honeywell it is not armed but it looks pretty amazing.
MIAMI — The Miami-Dade police department will begin experimenting with high-tech drones as law enforcement tools beginning next year.
Although the military has been using unmanned aircraft systems for years, this will be the first time they are used in law enforcement.
"We are aware it is a great responsibility. The FAA is looking at us to see if we can professionally manage this program," said Lt. Cliff Nelson of the police department's aviation unit.
The flying camera is called a Micro Air Vehicle made by Honeywell. The MAV is remote controlled, unarmed and unmanned and can soar over 10,000 feet.
They have a video of the weird looking device here. They are not quite down to the flying mechanical insect level yet but they're getting closer. (We have a fleet of these puppies surrounding the Crabitat, just to keep an eye on things.)